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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Feb 27, 2011 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Over-rated!

I'm not anywhere near college, and I love the GD's improv skills (which I am more than capable of "hearing"). I just don't think it's the be-all and end-all of GD songs, or "pieces," or "compositions," or "improvisational sections," or whatever you want to call them. In fact, playing all those random mixolydian scales up and down takes far less skill than most of their other "improvs." (I'm thinking Other One, Slipknot, some Elevens, even Space in the 80s and 90s). That's all.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Feb 27, 2011 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Over-rated!

Yeah I am in full agreement with you on the theory end of things; the early dark stars (read: 1968) are not nearly as impressive to me as the ones to come (a few from 69, most of 1970, some of 71, all of 72). In the early days they rarely stepped outside the bounds of A mixolydian / E dorian.

Speaking of 69, happy anniversary to the Live/Dead dark star!